By Joe, http://www.bettingexpert.com
This is the first time these two teams are meeting in the semifinals of the Champions League and what a tie it will be. A mouthful encounter between Barcelona and Chelsea will be a contrasting idea between romance and money. Money has prevailed in lots of ways of the modern football and many experts are saying that many investors are trying to buy their way into trophies or taking advantages of the business side of football. Nevertheless, the recent top established football elite Chelsea will face the currently strongest team outside the British league. A definite football date it will be this Tuesday’s Champions Leagues unless you are a Liverpool supporter.
This is the fifth time Chelsea has played Barcelona. They have recently met in group stages in 2006/7 group, 2005/06 First knockout Round and 2004/05 First Knockout. Chelsea went through with 5-4 aggregate (where Barcelona won in the 1st leg at home with 2-1) in 2004/2005. But revenge was taken by Barcelona in the following year with a 3-2 aggregate, drawing in the 2nd leg 1-1 at Nou Camp. Barcelona marched on to win the Champions League that year. Their latest encounter came in the 2006/2007 group stage where Chelsea did well again and drew 2-2 at Nou Camp. Both team advanced to the knockout stages.
Manager Guardiola knows Barcelona’s pride is at stake. Their current league form has slump a little but both the domestic league and the champions League prestige is still in the running. The club follows a long line of traditions and is part of the heavyweight in European football. As being one of the most successful clubs in Europe, they are poised with attractive attacking football and boosted with sublime players that usually goes down as either the best players in the world or inducted into the Hall of Fame. Champions League is a competition which they want to dominate to be on par with Real Madrid’s 9 Champions League title. Guardiola will not have Martín Cácere and Gabriel Milito will not feature against Chelsea. However with the likes of players as Henry, Messi, Xavi, Puyol and Eto, do they need anymore reminding that only Chelsea is in their way to the finals.
Chelsea usually lets in a goal to the opposition in their first leg games. This will spell trouble for Chelsea as they travel to Nou Camp without Ashley Cole who is suspended. Bosingwa will be back to the starting lineup to replace Cole in order to mark one of the best players in the world, Leo Messi. Carvalho will not travel to Nou Camp as he is hampered with a hamstring injury.
Barcelona will do a bit more on the night in front of their own crowd and taking more than a goal lead to Stamford is a must. These two teams have a good history in drawing with each other, but Barcelona has the pace and the flair. Chelsea has been a bit rocky in the back so a win for Barcelona will not go unnoticed, mybet is offering 1.70 for a home win.